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Cocheco Readers' Award

The Cochecho Readers' Award is sponsored by the Children's Librarians of Dover, New Hampshire.  The award is named after the Cochecho River which runs through the heart of Dover. This award will be given each year to an author whose book receives the most votes from third and fourth graders in Dover. We have chosen titles published within the last three years. The criteria for selection are quality of writing and child appeal. Children are required to read or listen to at least three of the titles on the list in order to vote in the spring.  The voting will take place in the school libraries. Ballots will be available at the Dover Public Library for home-schooled children and those attending private schools.

2015-2016 Winner


The Map Trap by Andrew Clements

Download the Cocheco Readers' Award Brochure

2016 - 2017 Nominees


Circus Mirandus

Circus Mirandus

by Cassie Beasley

When he realizes that his grandfather's stories of an enchanted circus are true, Micah Tuttle sets out to find the mysterious Circus Mirandus--and to use its magic to save his grandfather's life.




by Sara Pennypacker

After being forced to give up his pet fox Pax, a young boy named Peter decides to leave home and get his best friend back.


Spring According to Humphrey

Spring According to Humphrey

by Betty Birney

To Humphrey and the students at Longfellow School, spring seems impossibly late this year. Fortunately, planning a school Family Fun Night keeps the students (and classroom pets) busy as they look for signs of the changing seasons.


Waylon! One Awesome Thing

Waylon! One Awesome Thing

by Sara Pennypacker

Waylon, a boy with the mind of a scientific genius and the vulnerable heart of an eight year old, is trying to understand his older sister and deal with changes among the kids at school.


The Wild Robot

The Wild Robot

by Peter Brown

Roz the robot discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island with no memory of where she is from or why she is there, and her only hope of survival is to try to learn about her new environment from the island's hostile inhabitants.


Tricky Vic

Tricky Vic: The Impossibly True Story of the Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower

by Greg Pizzoli

Con artist Robert Miller, a.k.a. "Count Victor Lustig," used his ingenious scams on unsuspecting marks all over the world. Tricky Vic pulled off his most daring con in 1925, when he managed to "sell" the Eiffel Tower to one of Paris’ most successful scrap metal dealers! Six weeks later, he tried to sell the Eiffel Tower all over again.




by Brock Cole

A young apprentice chipmunk in a guild of crafts-animals strikes up an unlikely relationship with a dragon who teaches him the meaning of true friendship.


Fuzzy Mud

Fuzzy Mud

by Louis Sachar

Two middle-grade kids take a shortcut home from school and discover what looks like fuzzy mud but is actually a substance with the potential to wreak havoc on the entire world.


Into the Wild Yet Another Misadventure

Into the Wild: Yet Another Misadventure (The Chicken Squad #3)

by Doreen Cronin

The fluffy, fearless Chicken Squad detectives are determined to find out who the new addition is in their yard, so, equipped with the latest surveillance gear, the chicks venture into the wild to get answers.


Echo Echo

Echo Echo

by Marilyn Singer

Read one way, each poem tells the story of a familiar Greek myth, but when read in reverse, the poems reveal a new point of view.


Last Stop on Market Street

Last Stop on Market Street

by Matt de la Peña

A young boy, CJ, rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things.


Cody and the Mysteries of the Universe

Cody and the Mysteries of the Universe

by Tricia Springstubb

Cody’s best friend Spencer is moving in right around the corner and Cody can’t wait because she needs Spencer to help solve the mystery of the never-seen Mr. Meen, who lives on the other side of the porch with a skull-and-crossbones sign in the window and an extermination truck out front.


Cooking Club Chaos!

Cooking Club Chaos! (Phoebe G. Green #4)

by Veera Hiranandani

Because Phoebe and Camille's best friend Sage has the same lunch every day, they come up with the idea of a cooking club to show Sage how many exciting foods there are.


Will’s Words

Will’s Words: How William Shakespeare Changed the Way You Talk

by Jane Sutcliffe

Learn about William Shakespeare and the Globe Theater and discover how Shakespeare’s words changed the way we talk.


Spinny Icky Showdown

Spinny Icky Showdown (Arnie the Doughnut #3)

by Laurie Keller

Arnie the talking doughnut and Peezo participate in a television game show, competing against other local teams in a series of challenges which include facing Nick "The Pumpernator" Pumpernickel, and still manage to solve a mystery.


Of Mice and Magic

Hamster Princess: Of Mice and Magic

by Ursula Vernon

Harriet Hamsterbone sets out to reverse the curse on twelve mice princesses who are forced to dance all night.


Last Panda Standing

Last Panda Standing (Platypus Police Society #3)

by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

The Platypus Police Squad faces yet another adventure when Detective Rick Zengo is tasked with protecting the life of mayoral candidate Frank Pandini Jr., who was recently attacked—and finding out who's to blame.


Diva and Flea

Diva and Flea

by Mo Willems

In the bustling city of Paris, a small yet brave dog, Diva, and an adventurous cat named Flea become two unlikely friends.


Detective Gordon A Complicated Case

Detective Gordon: A Complicated Case

by Ulf Nilsson

Something is going on in the forest: one of the animals is saying nasty things about the other forest creatures. But no one dares make a statement to the police. Detective Gordon (a frog) and his assistant Buffy (a mouse) must investigate!


My Life in Pictures

My Life in Pictures

by Deborah Zempke

When budding artist Bea Garcia's best friend moves to Australia and a loud, rambunctious boy moves into her old house, Bea must learn to make new friends.


Prior Cochecho Reader Winners